As the Yankees take the field on Thursday against the Angels with a chance to clinch the AL East, they'll do so without Aaron Judge in the starting lineup.
The slugger is not in Thursday's lineup, in part because of some shoulder pain resulting from a diving effort in the outfield on Wednesday night. Judge was a little slow to get up after the diving attempt on an Albert Pujols base hit in the fifth inning, but he stayed in the game. He went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Angels.
Manager Aaron Boone said on Thursday that he believes Judge is fine, and while the outfielder won't be going for any further tests, Boone wanted to give him a day of rest as the Yankees prepare for what they hope is a long playoff run.
Clint Frazier will start for the Yankees in right field, hitting seventh.
In better news, Giancarlo Stanton is back in the lineup for the second straight night, DH-ing and hitting second.